August 02, 2012
Another three new scholars will be embarking on a new chapter of their lives in the United States and the United Kingdom, thanks to the support of the DesignSingapore Council.
The DesignSingapore Scholarship (link) is Singapore’s first design scholarship – open to Singaporean designers who are keen to pursue full-time studies in various design disciplines. For the past seven years, the scholarship has been awarded to young, talented and passionate designers, and this year is no different.
The three scholars for 2012 are Cheong Yian Ling, 26, Leonard Wee, 24 and Michelle Wong, 23.
1. Cheong Yian Ling Master of Design in Interaction Design, School of Design, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University
Touch Hear, “Talk to Me” MoMA exhibition
Look up unfamiliar words while reading and have a small device attached to your ear explain it to you. The design concept, named 'Touch Hear', won Yian Ling the opportunity to be one of the first Singapore design teams to showcase at the highly acclaimed 2011 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (link) exhibition 'Talk to Me' in New York. Yian Ling was then working as a design researcher at the NUS Design and Incubation Centre.
Yian Ling hopes to take her interest and passion in the human-computer interaction field one step further by pursuing a Master of Design in Interaction Design. While working as a design researcher at the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research, Yian Ling was particularly fascinated with the infinite possibilities of integrating robotic technology with a child’s learning or play.
Yian Ling graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Industrial Design from the National University of Singapore in 2009. She won the Dean’s List Award twice and was also awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal in recognition of being a top graduate. 2. Leonard Wee Bachelor of Fine Arts (Illustration), School of Visual Arts, New York
ENGAGE, Theme Proposal for School Graduation
“Be not simply good – be good for something”, a quote by Henry David Thoreau, is something Leonard lives by.
Two years ago, despite family objections, Leonard switched from Business Marketing studies to Visual Communications. His family has since become fully supportive of his decision.
Leonard’s talent has been recognised at various local showcases. For instance, Leonard was featured in 'Noise Singapore' and the 'House of Incest' Art Exhibition.
While studying for his Advanced Diploma in Visual Communications in Raffles Design Institute (link), Leonard interned at Black Design (link), where he worked on branding, design concepts and illustration for publications, books as well as food and beverage outlets. He is also keen to venture into teaching as he hopes to inspire others to feel the same passion that he does towards design. 3. Michelle Wong Bachelor (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, London College of Fashion
La Belle, Blueprint 2010
In the three years since graduating from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (link) with a Diploma in Fashion Design, Michelle has singlehandedly built fashion brand 'La Belle' into an international phenomenon, with her design flair and business acumen.
Winner of PARCO next NEXT Fashion Designer of the Year 2009, Michelle’s well-tailored designs bears her trademark sharp, precise technical tailoring and timeless shapes and silhouettes. Her works have also been distributed in fashion capitals such as New York and Sydney; and Michelle has reaped enormous learning opportunities and exposure at major fashion events such as Blueprint 2010 (link).
Michelle will continue her education at the London College of Fashion (link) which will strengthen her competency in advanced fashion drafting and technology. Not with resting on her laurels, Michelle has already set her sight on launching a lifestyle fashion store in Singapore upon her return from London, further revitalising her fashion label, 'La Belle'.
Find out more about the DesignSingapore Scholarship (link).
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